Tìm Kiếm

14 tháng 4, 2014

PALM SUNDAY HOMILY (April 13, 2014)

We have just heard the preview of the trial of Jesus Christ, the most unjust and shameful trial ever happened in human history. The Jews accused Jesus Christ of many things, but they could not present any evidence against him; the Pharisses and scribes condemned Christ to death purely on the basis of their envy; Pilate, representative of justice, unjustly sentenced Christ to crucifixion, though he knew for sure that Jesus Christ was totally innocent: “I did not find this man doing anything wrong at all!”, at the same time, under pressure of the crowd, he released Barrabas, a notorious criminal simply to please the fanatic people; And the crowd who shouted “Let him be crucified. Let him be crucified!” proved to be a people of infidelity and ingratitude to Jesus Christ, who had fed them a few weeks earlier. To condemn the innocent who should be released and to set free criminals who deserve punishment is a naked distortion of justice.
But through this tragedy we see emerge the infinite love of God toward humanity, the utmost patience of Christ in face of men’s offenses and humiliations and the divine mercy in contrast to human hatred and antagonism. Thus, Jesus Christ did what he had taught earlier: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  And on the cross, Christ prayed to God, the Father: "Father, please forgive them their sins, for they do not know what they are doing!”  Indeed, this is the climax of divine clemency and compassion.
My dear brothers and sisters,
It seems that the more men sin against God, the more God shows his mercy to them; the more they offend Him, the more He forgives them. Perhaps we have experienced this paradox, one way or another, in our own life, everytime we commit sin and go to confession. During this Holy Week, we will have more time to reflect on the mercy of God and how to respond to his mercy.

Fr. Joseph Nguyen, O.P.